Sometimes people become jaded by the failures of church leaders, causing them to want to leave the local assembly for good. But is it possible to turn one's back on the Church without essentially doing the same to Christ?
That's the question posed in last Wednesday's episode of the Ask John Piper audio series, where the Evangelical pastor tackles tough theological and pastoral issues.
To the proposition of leaving the Church, but not Christ, Piper offers a simple answer: "If you do that, you are walking away from Jesus." more >>
The Episcopal Church has announced that there will be an independent investigation conducted of the denomination following the suspension of three senior management officials.
Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry released a statement Friday noting that a firm was selected to conduct the investigation.
"I have today engaged a law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the concerns that led me to place three members of senior management on administrative leave last week," Curry said. more >>
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" isn't simply resonating with fans of the blockbuster movie franchise, it's reaching the pulpits and pews of churches across the U.S. and abroad this Christmas season, as believers spread the Gospel of Christ by highlighting parallels between the popular movie and the Bible.
Using "Star Wars" as a vehicle to connect people to Christ, New Jersey-based Liquid Church is going all out this Christmas season with a 60-minute "Star Wars"-themed "holiday experience," called Cosmic Christmas Eve.
The free event will feature a live "Star Wars" nativity scene complete with characters Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Visitors will be able to take a photo with "Darth Santa" and enjoy movie-related giveaways. more >>
The United Methodist Church received nearly $3 million in donations in a single day as part of the global observation known as Giving Tuesday, or #GivingTuesday.
"Nearly 6,000 donors from 27 countries donated $2.8 million through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world," the UMC Global Ministries announced this week. The sum is an increase from the $2.4 million the Mainline Protestant denomination received at the same time last year.
"The denomination's General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million, building additional incentive for giving. More than 770 projects and missionaries received 8,757 gifts through The Advance, the designated giving channel of The United Methodist Church." more >>
America has "schizophrenia" toward God, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said in a Sunday speech at Cornerstone Family Church in Des Moines, Iowa.
"If it's in our founding document, it's in our pledge, it's in our courts and it's on our money, but we're not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that? That is what is called schizophrenia," Carson said as part of his 10-minute speech, The Des Moines Register reported.
A persecution watchdog group has said that local government authorities in a village in Mexico are threatening to kick out 158 Protestant Christians from their community, who have already faced years of persecution and forced starvation.
International Christian Concern reported that officials from the village of Mariano Matamoros have threatened the Protestant Christians in the small Chiapas community, giving them a deadline of November 30 to either reconvert back to Roman Catholicism, or face expulsion.
ICC Advocacy Director Isaac Six noted in a press release that Mexico has ignored rising tensions among religious communities in rural areas for decades. more >>